Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Wesley Snipes Anymore

Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Wesley Snipes Anymore


Once upon a time, American actor and martial
artist Wesley Snipes was the most in-demand action star in show business—and for good
reason. Snipes’ unique ability to be both athletic
and charming led to some very successful performances. These days, however, Hollywood doesn’t seem
to give him much work anymore, and here’s why. Hitting it big Wesley Snipes’ career got off to a blazing
start when he landed the role of Willie Mays Hayes, the swift-footed base-stealer in the
baseball-comedy classic Major League. But while that showcase of quick wit might’ve
been a home run with casting directors, he let his overnight fame get to his head a little
too quickly. “I plan to put on a hitting display.” Snipes reportedly turned down the chance to
star in the sequel, Major League II, which ticked off some of his co-stars. Corbin Bernsen, for one, said of the diss, “I said, ‘Hey, man, they’re gonna make Major
League II!’ And he was like, ‘You’re gonna do that?’ And I thought, ‘Wow, how quickly they forget.’ He’d become Wesley Snipes. That rubbed me the wrong way.” Although Snipes had earned the ire of his
Major League team, he did earn quite a few grand slams right out of the dugout, including
Jungle Fever, White Men Can’t Jump, Passenger 57, Demolition Man, and Murder at 1600. But while he was never a critical darling,
despite his box office prowess, his career started to cool once a pattern of legal problems
began to emerge. Facing handcuffs Snipes’ first brush with the law wasn’t his
fault. In 1991, he was arrested while driving a car
leased by his production company and claimed he was assaulted and humiliated by the police
as a result of racial profiling. But Snipes’ second major run-in with the law
was brought on, this time, by legitimate reasons—and would put a dent in the actor’s professional
reputation. In August 1993, Snipes was cited for carrying
a concealed weapon loaded with half a dozen rounds of hollow point bullets, after a fender-bending
motorcycle accident in Hollywood. Snipes received two years of unsupervised
probation and was fined $2,700. The following year, Snipes’ reputation as
a law-abiding citizen decreased even further when the actor led a Florida state trooper
on a 120 mile-per-hour high-speed chase, which ended in the action star crashing his motorcycle. Snipes got off with a citation for reckless
driving and refused medical treatment, but his reputation was immediately damaged by
the unusual incident. Bouncing back Just when it seemed like Snipes’ run-ins with
the law and string of less-than-stellar performances were on the brink of completely bankrupting
his career, the action star bounced back with his most iconic role yet: the title vampire-slaying
superhero in Blade. Despite only receiving mediocre critical reviews,
the film was a massive success, spawning a pair of sequels and cementing Snipes as both
a household name and bona fide action hero. After the commercial success of Blade, Snipes’s
career was on the upswing again. Unfortunately for him, that second rise was
followed by an even bigger fall. Falling again After Blade, the actor starred in a string
of films that failed to court the same kind of audience as his earlier pics. First up was The Art of War, which was a massive
failure, both critically and commercially. Then there was ZigZag and Undisputed, which
dug the hole even deeper. The final nail in the coffin for Snipes was
Blade: Trinity. In addition to being the least-liked film
in the series, it all but ensured major studios would never work with Snipes again—especially
after Snipes filed a lawsuit against New Line Cinema and the filmmakers to the tune of $5
million. Snipes alleged the filmmakers and supporting
cast were all approved without his express consent, which violated his contract. He also claimed writer-director David Goyer
made racist remarks regarding Snipes’ professionalism and refused to punish a crew member who wore
a racist T-shirt while filming. On top of that, Snipes claimed New Line Cinema
intentionally hired only white individuals, still owed him $3 million, and didn’t help
the actor obtain a tax exemption. Co-star Patton Oswalt, however, claimed that
Snipes was a problem during production. “And Wesley Snipes was going crazy, and he
wouldn’t come out of his trailer…” “He would only answer to the name Blade.” After that, Oswalt said, Snipes attempted
to force director David Goyer to resign from the film. But his biggest problems were only beginning
to take shape. Uncle Sam slam Perhaps the most notorious reas on Wesley
Snipes’ career soured is that he was convicted on three misdemeanor counts for failing to
file three years’ worth of tax returns, which apparently cheated Uncle Sam out of $7 million. The prosecution blamed Snipes for following
the advice of both his accountant and another firm anti-tax proponent. Snipes, who had already paid millions of dollars
in taxes, was sentenced to three years in prison in 2008, before being transferred to
the New York Community Corrections Office for home confinement. As soon as Snipes got out of prison, the IRS
piled on the civil tax collections, arguing that the actor owed them close to $18 million. Snipes decided he had enough, and filed a
lawsuit against the government’s tax collection agency. Snipes argued that the IRS was just arbitrarily
throwing out figures in an effort to collect as much money as possible. Time for a turnaround? Though Snipes doesn’t get very many big-time
movie offers anymore, he still gets plenty of small-time movie offers. Most recently, he starred in 2017’s Armed
Response and The Recall. He also had a role in The Expendables 3—which
served to put Snipes’ name back into a big-budget film. Even more promising, Snipes played Cyclops
in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq which is undoubtedly the best project to involve the actor in recent
decades. “Okay, okay, them 30 poppers?” He’s also shown a new interest in dancing
and musical theater lately. “Doing movies was cool but it still wasn’t
fulfilling what I wanted to do—even to this day. If I have a choice between doing a movie or
doing a dance show, I’ll do the dance show first.” On top of that, he’s also been busy writing
what he hopes will ultimately be a trilogy of books, the first of which—Talon of God—is
on shelves now. All thing considered, it’s not the time to
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100 thoughts on “Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Wesley Snipes Anymore

  1. That's what happens when you also set your own a side. Actually you, Weasley should have been fighting for and dating your own. However, God loves"us all".

  2. I loved your strength and projection of a Black intelligent in Blade. I strongly felt as you did and still do. Your Awesomeness in your last Blade Saga was Deliberately Sabotaged. Good Luck with your dancing. I do wish you The Best with your 📚s. I pray that you leave them wanting more and more just as you have with Blade. KICK ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!💪

  3. R.I.P looks like hollyweird will never give him another chance! New actor for Blade leaves Wesley as yesterday’s forgotten trash.

  4. Don't forget the fact he beats women, during the production of Jungle Fever he hit Halle Berry so hard that she lost the hearing in one ear. He's a dickhead and shouldn't be getting gigs for that alone.

  5. When I think of how many politicians got caught not filing and didn't serve a day in jail, it's a disgrace for Snipes to endure this sabotage. Sounds like he was filing lawsuits because he could see what was being deliberately done to him. Now, we watch videos summarizing his demise.

  6. You forgot Nino Brown!!! Nothing white actor's don't do and they get chance after chances. Other's dont pay their taxes they pay fines with no jail time.

  7. Charlie Sheen has gotten in trouble with drugs and even fired a gun at his ex fiance Kelly Preston. His career is doing very well. Wesley Snipes gets a bad reputation over some weapons. Wow Hollywood it's very obvious. The double standards exist. I'm Mr. Snipes is doing better.

  8. I love the way Westley gets himself in trouble now,    Looper!      I hope he gets some roles in the future now,   Looper!

  9. TOP 15 "WESLEY SNIPES" FILMS

    1. NEW JACK CITY

    2.SUGAR HILL

    3.WHITE MEN CANT JUMP

    4.PASSENGER 57

    5.DROP ZONE

    6. US MARSHALLS

    7. MO BETTER BLUES

    8.JUNGLE FEVER

    9.BOILING POINT

    10.MURDER AT 1600

    11. MONEY TRAIN

    12.BLADE

    13.UNDISPUTED

    14.RISING SUN

    15. DEMOLITION MAN

  10. None of this has anything to do with his acting career! Have we forgotten about iron man Robert Downy jr history??? This is bs explanation 👎🏾👎🏾👎🏾

  11. Why? Because he started believing the hype being blown up his ass all the time by adoring fans? Because he showed he is SERIOUSLY difficult to work with from all sides…fellow actors, crew people, directors, etc?

  12. Wesley is Still one of my Top 5! So underrated. Fuck what Hollywood has to say. Also Art of War was the shit! & He had Right to Treat Blade 3 like his baby because it was and they disrespected him.

  13. Undisputed was a good movie, but Chi Rack was not at all. He played the game by wearing dresses and they still basically dropped him. Not sure what he said, or didn’t do, but Hollywood is trash!

  14. Sounds like he wasn't taking Hollywood's shit and they tried to hit him in every direction but failed. He didn't go crazy he had every right to be upset at a racist. That's how some idiots sugar coat stuff. Wesley is the man never been counted out… this is dumb

  15. this man was abused, taken advantage of and wronged on so many levels. basically he didn't conform to Hollywood's rituals so they abused him. he has racial slurs thrown at him on set, and off set! and HE'S the bad guy?? Wesley, I love and admire your strength. forever and always. also ,the USA has the WORST tax system EVER!! the way they take advantage of people is beyond disgusting.

  16. When you’re black and Hollywood says “you’re difficult and or hard to work with” that just means you won’t bend over and bust it open for hollyweird

  17. sounds like he did little wrong. half of hollywood has tax problems. This is such a racist channel. you should be ashamed of yourself.

  18. I love the irony of his character in “the Expendables 3” they bust him out of an extreme maximum prison transfer out of the country and on the flight back to the states the guys ask what he was in for, he glares at the them and says “..tax evasion…” 😂😂😂😂😭😭👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 man… that was the best part of the movie for me! 😅

  19. Replacing Wesley Snipes in blade is like replacing Johnny Depp for the Pirates of the Carribeean movie. Or like replacing Matt Damon for the Bourne Identity movie,or like replacing Anthony Edward (Iron man)

    Moral:Some people are just too darn IRREPLACEABLE!

  20. Uncle Sam is a scumbag. 18 mill in taxes???? That’s fucked up.
    It’s no wonder google and Apple moved headquarters to Ireland.

  21. Why is it that people like Robert Downey Jr. can fuck up and be redeemed and go on to become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, but when Wesley Snipes fucks up, he is immediately blacklisted and never given a fair shot ever again? Different rules for different folks? Oh, I forget, his dad is a Hollywood insider. Well, I guess it's good to be well connected, huh? :/

  22. I'm still digging on Wesley Snipes he handsome very sexy Awesome n every way for my taste. Be waiting for him to show doing Blade again. Great Actor he deserves more props and then some .Keep doing your best I'm one of your loyal dedicated fans for sure. 🎆⭐⭐⭐⭐🌏💞💞🏦

  23. Amazing athlete mixed with acting around it. I will never forget U.S.marshals role and some other roles he acted to show people the real face the government.

  24. All the blades were good until the last one and it wasnt because of him that made it fail but those other characters lol

  25. Well it seems to me that everything that would be Felonies including running from the police for us is only misdemeanors for people who are rich with money

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